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Imagine lying in bed unable to move missing your middle schoolgraduation being told to take it easy I have suffered from an anxietydisorder since the eighth grade I was paralyzed from the waist downwith numbness due to anxiety My doctor explained that it was because ofstress and that I tend to overachieve a lot In the beginning of high school I was doing well because I was goingeasy on myself and taking normal classes as recommended by mytherapist However at the end of my freshmen year I decided to not letmy anxiety from taking harder classes and challenging myself Despite mytherapist and my parents warnings I took honors and AP classes Myanxiety got worse and my GPA dropped I felt that I had accomplishednothing at all that I was a horrible student and that there would beno future for me However I still continued to take AP classes duringsenior year to prove that I could do better With this motivation I wasable to control my anxiety and overcome it Then something hit me I waswrong all along I did accomplish something This year I realized that my anxiety disorder has forced me to grow upand change my behavior for my well-being I was able to learnself-control and discipline Because I went through this trauma at anearly age I feel that I am well prepared for future challenges thatlife brings me In other words I feel like I am one step ahead Now Ican face the challenge of college and a career by using the skills Ilearned to overcome anxiety Thanks to the feeling of overcoming something tough I walk with my headheld high as I am very proud of what I have become
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